A sniffer dog ,who was part of Nashik Police’s bomb detection and disposal squad, was given a heartwarming farewell after 11 years of service. The dog was garlanded and paraded on the bonnet of a police vehicle which had been beautifully decorated with balloons and roses, while police personnel clapped and applauded the dog named Spike for his service.
Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh recognized the canine’s contribution and said he had become a part of the police family.
Deshmukh tweeted: @nashikpolice organized special farewell for ‘Sniffer Spike’ canine who retired after 11yrs of meritorious service, contributing immensely in detecting explosives. He was not just a canine but had become a part of police family. I salute him for his service towards the Nation!
The video is going viral on social media with wishes pouring in for Spike. Many on social media are also wondering where the dog will be sent post retirement.
Sniffer dogs are an important part of police force and undergo years of rigorous training before being inducted. During the training period, the dogs are trained to detect explosives, firearms, narcotics among other things.
In view of the ongoing pandemic, the Army has begun training sniffer dogs to detect covid-19 by sniffing sweat and urine. According to a report, breeds such as cocker spaniels and labradors are currently undergoing training to detect the disease from the cells of infected people at a facility in Delhi.
Several countries are considering using dogs to identify the disease at airports and other public spaces. The move will enable quicker detection of the disease and need for tests, especially in remote areas